Monday, July 11, 2011

Words about Listening on the Feast of St. Benedict

I cannot read or think of this quote from the Prologue of St. Benedict's Rule...
"Listen carefully, my son, to the master's instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart."
...without thinking of these beautiful lines from Psalm 45:
"Listen, o daughter, give ear to my words, forget your own people and your father's house. So will the king desire your beauty--he is your Lord, pay homage to him!"  (Psalm 45:10)

This is from the reading for Lauds this morning (according to the Liturgy Archive):
"Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the LORD. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug." (Isaiah 51:1)

And, on the subject of listening, who can forget our Lord's admonition:
"He who has ears ought to hear." (Matthew 11:15)

Lord, open my ears to hear your Word, my mind to comprehend, and my heart to love. Open also my lips, and I will praise your holy Name forever!

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